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Alabama A&M University, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Get Lifted, Howard University, LeBron James, Never Would've Made It -

Bishop Marvin Sapp needed prayer. His congregation and fans immediately responded to his plea, joining him. His wife of 17 years was battling stage 4 colon cancer. MaLinda Sapp died on Sept. 9, 2010. Sapp raised their three children while preserving her legacy and continuing to maintain a life of victory, peace and healing. Facing […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Get Lifted, NHL, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Vegas Golden Knights -

One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and many of them will undergo chemotherapy and shave their heads before enduring one of the treatment’s side effects: hair loss. Vegas Golden Knights left winger Pierre-Édouard Bellemare elected to share that experience. To kick off this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, he joined patients […]

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Get Lifted, Javale McGee, JUGLIFE, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Uganda -

It was the NBA’s opening tip and JaVale McGee, waiting to watch games in his home, was fighting a fire alarm sounding off every two minutes. “They’re testing the alarm,” the Los Angeles Lakers center said as he briefly spoke about his team’s season. “We’re the Lakers,” he said. “It’s an amazing organization. And to […]

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Diabetes, Get Lifted, Justine Simmons, Novo Nordik, Rev. Run, Run-DMC -

It took the fourth- and fifth-graders of P.S. 104 The Bays Water School in Queens, New York, 15 minutes to calm down after rap legend Joseph Simmons, known as Rev. Run, and his wife, reality television star Justine Simmons, entered the school’s bright auditorium Oct. 12. The Simmonses were there to discuss healthy eating habits, […]

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Elena Delle Donne, Get Lifted, Gordon Hayward, Her Time To Play, Jr. NBA, NBA, Nneka Ogwumike, WNBA -

Fourteen is a pivotal age for girls. It marks the point at which many of them have dropped out of sports — twice the rate as boys of the same age, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation. In an attempt to reverse those numbers, this week the NBA announced Her Time To Play, a new […]

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Get Lifted, Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx, Most Valuable Coach Program, U.S. Cellular, WNBA -

WNBA champ and Minnesota Lynx guard Maya Moore understands the importance of having a good coach. She’s been fortunate enough to have had strong coaches and knows that some go beyond the call of duty by investing in the lives of athletes. To reward coaches displaying a high level of support and development, she signed […]

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Get Lifted, NBA, Tennis, Venture Capitalists, WNBA -

“What comes next? What is my next passion?” Those are the two questions retired NBA star and Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant claims athletes have to ask themselves. The answer — for Bryant, 40, and many other retired sports stars — is investing. In mid-August, the news that Bryant’s 2014 investment of $6 million in […]

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CitySwingDC, Entrepreneurship, Get Lifted, Golf, Tari Cash -

It was mid-July when entrepreneur Tari Cash opened CitySwing DC, a golf simulation experience in the heart of Washington, D.C. She’d noticed golf was missing in the city after she couldn’t easily get to a golf course to practice her swing because traffic was so bad. Cash set out to do more research. She knew […]

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Diggy Simmons, Get Lifted, It Is What It Is, LeBron James, Reverend Run -

More than a decade has passed since MTV’s hit reality show Run’s House debuted and the world met a young Diggy Simmons. The show tracked legendary rapper Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons of Run-D.M.C. and his family. Diggy Simmons was just a kid, but now at 23 is grown-ish and loving every second of this new […]

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5 Minutes from Home, Get Lifted, Kevin Durant, NBA, Portal A, Stephen Curry, Unanimous Media -

LeBron James isn’t the only NBA player dabbling in film. Golden State Warriors champ Stephen Curry is telling short stories using his YouTube channel to show his softer side. In the third episode of Curry’s newly launched original video series, 5 Minutes From Home, which posted this week, he invites three student-athletes from Oakland, California’s, […]

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Get Lifted, Golden State Warriors, Mayor London Breed, NBA, San Francisco -

Newly elected San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s duties are just beginning. “History maker” now precedes her name as she takes the oath on Wednesday during a swearing-in ceremony on the steps of City Hall as the city’s first black female mayor. Relieved that her campaign is complete, Breed is more than ready to put her […]

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Alcorn State University, Breanna O'Leary, Brehanna Daniels, Coke Zero Sugar 400, Get Lifted, Monster Energy NASAR Cup Series, NASCAR, Norfolk State University -

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Threatening weather hovered over the Daytona International Speedway last weekend, but the storm never came. Instead, the 167,000 people at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 saw a piece of racing history when Brehanna Daniels became the first African-American woman to join a pit crew at NASCAR’s top level. “It was [hard] […]

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Diona Clark, Domestic Violence, Get Lifted, Gun Violence, Gun Violence Awareness Month, Howard University, Ohio -

In February 2018, author and gun violence survivor Diona Clark let out a sigh of relief. “I was at work,” she recalled. “My domestic violence advocate called me and she shared the news that they were going to arrest him. I was ecstatic. My heart was blown away. Finally. Justice has been served.” Clark’s ex-boyfriend […]

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Cancer, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Health, Know Your Girls, Susan G. Komen, The Ad Coucil, Vanesa Bell Calloway -

Actress and breast cancer survivor Vanessa Bell Calloway knows how important it is to get the word out about breast health. In 2016, she shared her story of survival on Ebony.com. She caught the disease early, opted for a mastectomy and she’s been cancer-free since. Now Calloway has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen […]

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Daily Uplift, Detroit Pistons, Get Lifted, NBA, NBA Cares -

While the NBA playoffs were in full swing in mid-May, the Detroit Pistons were hosting 20 students from across the country competing in the second annual NBA Math Hoops National Championship, courtesy of the NBA Math Hoops Program, Learn Fresh and NBA Cares. On May 18, the team welcomed participants for the weekend event and […]

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Alice Marie Johnson, Barack Obama, Charles Johnson, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Kim Kardashian, Shontoria Johnson -

UPDATE: June 6, 2018 —“My mom is free,” Charles Johnson told The Undefeated when he first heard his mother Alice Marie Johnson’s most recent petition for clemency was granted today. “I’m happy, excited and in slight disbelief. I’m so nervous,” he said on his drive to pick up his sons Justin and Xavier and wife […]

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For WNBA players, the summer of 2016 was a year — for power and for the ability to speak out against social injustice. Before Colin Kaepernick took a knee, before The ESPYS’ cold intro when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade weighed in on gun violence. Minnesota Lynx  captains  Maya Moore, Seimone […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Building Bridges Through Basketball, Chicago, Get Lifted, NBA, RISE, UnderArmor -

When the NBA partnered with Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and Under Armour in 2017 to launch Building Bridges Through Basketball, the goal was to create a space for communities to coexist with law enforcement through sports and mentorship. The partnership, a part of NBA Voices, is designed to help build trust and […]

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Civil Rights, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Maya Cinemas, Moctesuma Esparza, Selena -

Growing up in the Laurel Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, award-winning Mexican-American filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur and activist Moctesuma Esparza could walk to three movie theaters. “Every neighborhood in the country had a great theater. … All died in the ’90s and closed,” he said. “It left many communities without any nearby entertainment venues at all, […]

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Candace Parker, Get Lifted, Lailaa Parker, Los Angeles Sparks, Moms, Mother's Day, WNBA -

Los Angeles Sparks champion Candace Parker and her daughter, Lailaa, will have to share her special day. That’s because this year, Mother’s Day falls on May 13 — Lailaa’s ninth birthday. And Parker has a big surprise planned. “Lailaa doesn’t know. See, she’s a zoo person,” Parker told The Undefeated. “She loves animals. We have […]

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Get Lifted, HBCU, Howard University, Human Trafficking, Laz Alonso, NAACP, The Bobby Brown Story, The Boys, Traffik, Washington Redskins -

Actor and Howard University alum Laz Alonso believes women are in an era of empowering themselves and taking back their power. This is why he is excited about his new film Traffik, which hit the big screen on April 20. “It’s an exciting thrill ride,” Alonso said. “I really like the film’s tagline, ‘Refuse to […]

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D.C., Darryl Haley, Get Lifted, Music at the Monument, NFL, The Next Chapter, Washington -

Former NFL linebacker Darryl Haley’s ultimate goal was never to play in the NFL. “It was to actually get into college,” he said. “Because you have to ask yourself, ‘How am I going to get out of the inner city?’ My feeling was that if I get a shot to go to college, I’m going […]

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Centene Corporation, Darrell Green, Get Lifted, NFL, Strong Youth Strong Communities, The Next Chapter, Washington Redskins -

At the 1983 NFL draft, a young cornerback out of Texas A&M, Kingsville found himself the last player selected in the first round, heading to the Washington Redskins. It was the beginning of Darrell Green’s 20-year NFL career, which included two Super Bowl championships with the Redskins and recognition as one of the greatest cornerbacks […]

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Charles Harris, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Miami Dolphins, My Cause My Cleats, NFL -

For Charles Harris, giving back to his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, is important. “I feel like a lot of people come from places and then never come back,” Harris said. “I feel like I’ve never seen an NBA or NFL player growing up in Kansas City versus other cities like ATL, L.A., St. Louis […]

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California, Compton, Get Lifted, Sloane Stephens, Tennis, USTA -

Eight months after winning the US Open and two weeks after taking the championship trophy at the Miami Open, tennis slayer Sloane Stephens is taking time to pursue her passion: helping kids with tennis. Stephens and her foundation recently teamed up with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in Compton, California, where she hosted the […]

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Choices Matter, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Grant Hill, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Shatterproof -

On Sept. 7, millions of basketball fans will witness NBA playmaker Grant Hill’s induction into the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hill helped Duke win two NCAA titles (’91, ’92) and was the ACC Player of the Year. He boasts a 19-year NBA career, including seven All-Star selections, and he’s […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Health, Jonathan Sprinkles, Motivational Speaker Series -

People refer to him as Dr. Sprinkles. But he’s no doctor. He’s a man with a gift for helping other people see themselves. “I don’t know where they get that from. My mom is Dr. Sprinkles,” said author and motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles. “That was actually part of my journey. I went from my father […]

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CoverGirl, Get Lifted, Ukonwa Ojo -

When Ukonwa Ojo left Nigeria for the United States to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she had no clue she’d eventually become global senior vice president for Coty Inc.’s CoverGirl brand, but she knew she had a dream. “My parents were gutsy enough to let me move to America by myself to […]

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Cheryl Miller, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Ida B. Wells, Two For Tuesday, Women's History Month -

During National Women’s History Month, The Undefeated will recognize two women every Tuesday. This week’s Two for Tuesday features basketball Olympic gold medalist Cheryl Miller and writer and journalist Ida B. Wells. Cheryl Miller Miller was born and raised in Riverside, California, the third of five children. She and her younger brother, Hall of Famer […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Jason Mayden, Jordan Brand, Nike -

Designer Jason Mayden had his dream job. As the lead designer at Nike’s Jordan Brand, Mayden spent long days and nights researching and designing some of the brand’s top shoes for its most popular athletes. But 13½ years into his tenure, Mayden decided it was time to serve a much larger purpose — and a […]

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Chloe Russell, Daily Uplift, Disney Dreamers Academy, Essence Magazine, Get Lifted, Hudson Osborne, Jonathan Sprinkles, Steve Harvey -

ORLANDO, Fla. — When 17-year-old Chloe Russell’s eyes met those of 41-year-old motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles, she felt an instant connection. Standing atop a stage, Sprinkles captivates the student athlete. She could relate, especially his testimony of watching his father deal with cancer. Like Sprinkles, Russell is watching her father — the same man who […]

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Daily Uplift, Disney Dreamers Academy, Essence Magazine, Get Lifted, Steve Harvey -

ORLANDO, Fla. — From “curing cancer” to “becoming a pilot” to “overcoming fears,” every child has dreams. And with the help of Walt Disney World Resort, Steve Harvey and Essence magazine, many of them also have a platform to help them achieve those dreams. On Thursday, 100 high school students, ages 13 to 19, from […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Health, Jean Titus, Motivational Speaker Series, Titus Unlimited -

At one point in his life, Jean Titus was much larger than his current chiseled frame. The latter propelled him to create his own clothing line, Black by Jean LeVere, because of a lack of choice choices available “off the rack.” Dubbed the “Ripped Grandpa,” without any grandchildren, the personal trainer developed his brand in […]

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